‘Innocent Mosquitoes’ describes the journey around Brazil made by the author but invents an independent narrator called Alfred. The purpose of the journey is to visit Canudos in the back lands of Brazil. Canudos is where in 1896 a millennial community of 30,000 Brazilians was slaughtered by the Republican Army. The narrator imagines meeting famous characters from the history of Brazil and these experiences and other memories explain the roots of Brazil and why the journey is important to Alfred.
Choke Bay – Spencer Calbeck returns to Choke Bay, the Yorkshire coastal village where his father killed two women and committed suicide. He arrives for the engagement party of Lauren to Ron who works for the Coast Guard Station. Lauren is the girl that Spencer loves. Choke Bay is an almost deserted village, a collection of empty cottages rented by tourists in the summer. Unable to decide his future Spencer has to face the past and his memories. He meets not just those who survived but the others, those who were slain and who, like Spencer, cannot forget the violence of the past.
Horror Pickers – An in-depth look at a wide ranging and far from typical selection of forty horror films from around the world. Horror films may have blood and gore but readers will discover an alternative and satisfying world full of intelligence and ideas.
Mean And Dark and Nightmares And Lying Rogues are two extra volumes of film criticism but they extend the range of movies to include film noir thrillers and the odd Western. There are also some provocative thoughts on what was a turbulent year in British and American political life.
Light Work is an examination of the Jack the Ripper legend and crimes. Rather than offering a less than convincing suspect the mystery is relished rather than denied. The book is arranged into self-contained topics and should appeal to both newcomers and experts.